SHA Podcast present Di Riviera
We continue our Christmas Label Showcase today after we set the ball rolling with an excellent mix from Revolucion Records label manager Mark Ellison then followed it up with our first surprise, a live mix from Oliver Klein courtesy of Kling Klong records.
You may remember we gave you an exclusive mix and interview with Jesus Pablo, co-owner of the fresh new Something Different Records. Today we bring you the other half of that equation with another exclusive interview and mix! Craig gets the lowdown on Di Riviera.
DI RIVIERA // SOMETHING DIFFERENT RECORDS
Hello to Di Riviera, how are you today?
I’m great, just finished my exclusive 45 min mix for you, had a busy day in my day job and other than got some solo projects and mastering some remixes for Jesus Pablo, all is good.
First things first, we recently interviewed Jesus Pablo and we have to ask you the question. You also live in Liverpool but come from Peru. Is Di Riviera your birth name?
I’m not really from Peru, I’m an adopted scouser (as Jesus Pablo says), born in a place called Preston, but with all the miles added up from my childhood travelling and living up and down the UK, I added them all up and I could have actually gone to Peru – Haha.
You are a mere 21 years of age yet already have a load of experience. What inspired you to get into music and how did you make your breakthrough?
I’ve been into music since an very early age, when you grow up in your teens in a city like Liverpool, you notice the musical culture here. I never used to play house or even know what it was really, I used to play and produce hardhouse, trance, scouse etc., but as I got older the love started to fade and I wanted to put my skills to the sounds that the likes of Wehbba, Aki Bergen and Noir make. I wanted to learn more and expand my musical knowledge and well I’ve been making music for 7 years, everything from hip hop to dubstep and more main room dance, so to make house was never going to be a big issue with a little help. I was never noticed until I met Jesus Pablo, he’s helped me with the house sound and also how to network and showed me how the music business side works. If he wasn’t looking for someone local to help him engineer and to finish off his work, I might not be doing this interview.
And with your whole career ahead of you, what is the grand plan? World domination ?
World domination? Can I really do that? Actually, I have Jesus on my side, so who knows? Haha. I suppose I just want to see how far my music can take me. I’d like to think one day I’d have fans all over the globe who love my music.
Already you have released tracks on Cubism, Deep Edition, Southpark and you are working with SHA’s good friends Savoir Faire Musique. How would you describe your personal sound?
I still love them hands in the air moments, so I suppose you could say I like that deep and techy sound, but I like to add my own personal twist. You will hear alot more of me in 2012, then I will show what I’m really capable of.
You have recently started up Something Different Records with Jesus Pablo. How did this linkup come about?
Me and Jesus were talking about our favourite tracks and labels and maybe we should think about running our own label one day, the next thing is it sort of just happened. Jesus phoned me on way to studio to say do you like Something Different Records as a name? I said yer, then when he got to the studio he said we were the proud owners of a new label – haha. We’re not saying its different from other labels, but we trying to make sure each EP has a wide spectrum on it, but it still has to be quality house music.
SDR002 Dave Martins – Deep Control/Deep Station was released on 22nd November. What does 2012 have in store for Something Different?
That would be telling – haha. To be honest, Jesus does all the A&R, so I just listen to what he wants to sign and agree or disagree. All I will say is look out for ‘Aartekt – Girl Get Up’, ‘Thomas Durrani – 163′, ‘Audio Analysts – L.A. Groove’ and ‘Dudley Strangeways – This Has To Change’ – as these tracks will do the business on the dancefloor.
And what about your solo work, any plans for 2012 you would care to share?
Well I’ve got 2 solo projects to finish and a collaboration EP with Jesus Pablo, but the big surprise is a 12 track album that will be my best work to date.
Finally, with so many options out there around production software, what is your favoured option when working on new material?
I don’t use any fancy sounds or synths. All I do is process and process the sound until they sound they way I want them to, simple.
Di Riviera – SHA Exclusive Mix
Sarp Yilmaz – Rolling Over The Nights (Original Mix) [Baile Musik]
Audio Analysts – L.A. Groove (Original Mix) [Something Different Records]
Di Riviera – Time Flies (Original Mix) [Something Different Records]
Thomas Durrani – 163 (Original Mix) [Something Different Records]
Dave Martins – Deep Station (Thomas Durrani Remix) [Something Different Records]
Nikola Gala – Greenball [Suara]
Di Riviera – Song Without A Name (Thomas T Remix) [Southpark Records]